August 11th, 2016
Heather in Kentucky asked the following:
I have been working hard on applying the tips you gave me to make my photos better! I know I still have aways to go, but I can already see the improvement. Thanks! I was also wondering… when can someone call themselves a “real estate photographer”? Is there an association to apply for an join, or a degree to earn? Or can just anyone say “oh yeah, I’m a real estate photographer”? Even if they have no real experience or equipment?
The real test for being a real estate photographer is your portfolio of work. Anyone can say anything they want but other real estate photographers and knowledgeable clients can see what kind of real estate photographer you are by looking at your portfolio of work. This is why an up to date portfolio website is so important. It’s how your work is judged and it is the center of your marketing. Use only 10 or so of your very best images in your portfolio and make it the first thing that displays on your portfolio site.
Yes, there is a real estate photographer’s association called the Real Estate Photographers of America & International (REPAI). And guess what they do before the let you become a member? They review your real estate portfolio to see if it meets their specific criteria. And you also must agree to adhere to their code of ethics. Becoming an REPAI member is a good way to establish your real estate photography credibility.
I don’t know of any real estate photographer degrees.